Testing authority on behalf of the CPVO

Testing on behalf of the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO)

Since the adoption of Regulation (EC) No. 2100/94 on Community plant variety rights, it has been possible since 1995 to obtain plant breeders’ rights on an EU-wide basis. The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), based in Angers in France, is responsible for granting community plant breeders’ rights. Community plant breeders’ rights are effective in all member states.

Community plant breeders´ rights in force

(last update: 03/01/2019)

Species Total
Agricultural 8,194
Vegetables 4,284
Ornamentals 12,614
Fruits 1,879
Total 26,971

Number of applications submitted to the CPVO for plant breeders’ rights

(period: 1995 to 2018)

Species Number of applications Proportion of total
Agricultural 16,119 24.8 %
Vegetables 9,088 14.0 %
Ornamentals 35,580 54.7 %
Fruits 4,280 6.6 %
Total 65,067  

(Statistics source: www.cpvo.europa.eu)

CPVO contact details:
Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO)
3, boulevard Maréchal Foch
BP 10121

Tel.: +33 241 256400
Fax: +33 241 256410
Email: cpvo@cpvo.europa.eu

The Federal Plant Variety Office performs tests on distinctness, uniformity and stability on behalf of the CPVO for numerous plant species.

It also represents Germany in expert groups and in the Administrative Council of the CPVO.